Samsung Introduces Its First Android Phone

i7500We’ve been hearing for a while that manufactures other than HTC had plans to announce new Android devices sometime this year. But after a quiet Mobile World Congress and an even quieter CTIA, we began to question whether this operating system was bound for netbooks instead. Today, Android–as a smartphone platform– had a little bit of life breathed back into it, thanks to Samsung. Samsung became the second member of the Open Handset Alliance to launch an Android handset by unveiling the I7500, a 3G (HSDPA) AMOLED touchscreen device that measures just .4 inches thick and sports a 5MP camera and up to 40GB of storage. The last Samsung AMOLED touchscreen we saw blew us away with its popping colors. Like the HTC G1 on T-Mobile, the device offers Android’s staple Google integration features like Google Search, Maps, GMail, YouTube, Calendar, and Talk. It’s a much sharper looking device than the G1, and stylistically on par with the HTC Magic,  since the lack of a physical keyboard helps it stay thinner. It all sounds enticing, but the bad news is, there aren’t any spoken plans of a U.S. release date. Samsung has only confirmed that the I7500 will be launching on a European carrier in June.

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